Carbon fiber-wrapped LaFerrari supercar billed as Ferrari’s fastest

Joining the debut of the McLaren P1 and Lamborghini Veneno at the Geneva Motor Show is Ferrari’s successor to the Enzo and its first hybrid supercar: LaFerrari.

LaFerrari (meaning “The Ferrari”) is the Italian automotive company’s fastest car, ever. The 2,800-pound supercar has a 6.3-liter V12 engine, 949 horsepower (163 horsepower from the electric motor), and can go from zero to 62 miles per hour in under three seconds, and to 124 miles per hour in under seven. Ferrari also claims LaFerrari can complete the famed Fiorano Circuit in one minute and 20 seconds — five seconds faster than the Enzo can. LaFerarri’s top speed has yet to be pinned down, but it will reportedly be faster than 217 miles per hour (enough to beat out the McLaren P1).

The lithium-ion battery is made by Samsung and weighs 132 pounds. And according to the Los Angeles Times: “The car recharges them with regenerative braking when slowing down, and by using the engine’s excess torque when it’s not needed — during cornering, for instance.”

Ferrari is also hand-building each car’s chassis from four different kinds of carbon fiber and Kevlar. As you probably already know, carbon fiber is super expensive, which means having four types of the lightweight material is going to cost a bundle — around one million Euros (about $1.3 million).

While the Enzo was limited to 400, Ferrari will build 499 LaFerraris through the end of 2014. Let’s just hope none of them end up as recycled coffee tables.

Source: dvice